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Dry Eyes

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Dry Eye Syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), often referred to simply as 'dry eyes' or 'dry eye', is a common eye condition. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to dryness, which causes soreness and inflammation.

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by ageing, blepharitis, Sjogren's syndrome, damage to the eye and medication such as antidepressants, antihistamines and the contraceptive pill.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include irritated eyes, a slight blurring of vision from time to time and a sensitivity to bright lights. Thankfully treatments such as artificial tears and eye ointments are good at relieving such symptoms.

Popular Dry Eye Treatments

Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

Eye Ointment for Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Gel

  • Geltears Eye Gel 10g

    Geltears Eye Gel 10g

    GelTears is used for the symptomatic treatment of dry eye conditions.

    £3.85
    (incl VAT)
  • Clinitas Hydrate Eye Gel 10g

    Clinitas Hydrate Eye Gel 10g

    Clinitas Hydrate Eye Gel is a hydrating carbomer eye gel that provides relief from the discomfort of regular and episodic occurrences of dry eyes.

    £3.00
    (incl VAT)
  • Systane Gel Drops 10ml

    Systane Gel Drops 10ml

    Systane Gel Drops 10ml is a lubricating eye gel that lubricates and relieves dryness of the eye for long periods of time.

    £10.30
    (incl VAT)
  • Thea Thealoz Duo Gel 30 Single-dose Containers

    Thea Thealoz Duo Gel 30 Single-dose Containers

    Protection, hydration and lubrication of the eyes for treatment of moderate to severe dry eye syndrome.

    £9.80
    (incl VAT)
  • Viscotears Liquid Gel 10g

    Viscotears Liquid Gel 10g

    Viscotears uses a synthetic polymer to create a protective moisturising film on the surface of the eye.

    £2.75
    (incl VAT)
  • Viscotears Eye Gel 0.6ml 30

    Viscotears Eye Gel 0.6ml 30

    Single dose units of Viscotears Eye Gel.

    £7.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Vismed Gel Multi 10ml

    Vismed Gel Multi 10ml

    Vismed Gel Multi 10ml contains 0.3% Sodium hyaluronate to lubricate the eyes surface for longer; relieving symptoms of dry eyes.

    £10.81
    (incl VAT)

Dry Eye Spray

Dry Eye Masks

  • Optase Moist Heat Mask

    Optase Moist Heat Mask

    The application of Moist Heat prevents the evaporation of natural tear film whilst restoring moisture to the eye and surrounding area.

    £7.55
    (incl VAT)

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Dry Eyes Information

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome typically affects both eyes. Symptoms include dryness of the eyes accompanied by grittiness, soreness and redness. Eyelids can be stuck together upon waking and conditions can get worse as the day progresses.

If dry eye is left untreated it can lead to further complications such as conjunctivitis and scarring of the cornea. If you are experiencing severe symptoms you should contact your doctor immediately.

How common is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eyes is a common condition in people over 50 and is particularly common in those over 60 years of age. Cases of dry eyes are more frequent in women than men.

Is it a serious condition?

Although often painful and a nuisance, dry eye syndrome is not particularly serious condition. Products offering symptomatic relief are widely available and complications are a rarity.

What cause dry eye syndrome?

There are a number of different causes behind dry eye syndrome. These include:
  • illness
  • reaction to medication
  • ageing
  • hormonal changes
  • environmental factors.

How do I treat dry eye syndrome?

Like with many other eye conditions, there is no out and out cure for dry eye syndrome. There are however, a range of products available, such as artificial tears, ocular lubricants and eye ointments that provide symptomatic relief.

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